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A1 German: Everything you need to know

German A1 is the first level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This level is suitable for those who have little to no prior knowledge of the German language. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about German A1.

What are the different levels of learning a language?

Teachers and experts around the world use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages short (CERF). The CEFR has six levels from beginner (A1) to very advanced (C2) and it is divided in the four pillars of language learning: listening, speaking, reading & writing.

The CEFR isn’t just used in Europe. The language levels are used all around the world and they are standardized which means no matter which language you are learning the requirements in the certain levels will be very similar.

What do you have to know at A1 level?

Firstly, it is important to note that German A1 covers the basics of the language. This includes topics such as

  • Introducing yourself and others
  • Saying where you live 
  • Ordering food & drinks 
  • Having simple interactions when shopping
  • Asking for and giving personal information
  • Expressing likes and dislikes
  • Describing everyday activities, and asking for directions.

At this level, you will learn simple grammatical structures, such as sentence construction, verb conjugation, and basic vocabulary. To successfully pass the German A1 level, you will need to have a good grasp of the German alphabet, pronunciation, and grammar. It is also essential to learn a basic vocabulary of about 500 words, which includes common nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs.

Some of the essential grammar rules you will learn at this level include word order in simple sentences, gender, and plural forms of nouns, present tense of regular and irregular verbs, and the use of articles and prepositions.

What exactly should you know regarding the four areas of language learning for your A1 German level:

The four areas of language learning are characterized by “can do” – statements.

Listening: I can understand familiar words and simple phrases when spoken slowly and clearly.

Reading: I can understand familiar names, words, and simple phrases on signs, posters, etc.

Speaking: I can communicate using simple sentences. I can introduce myself and other people and answer simple, personal questions, e.g. about where I live.

Writing: I can write a short postcard. I can fill in name, address and nationality on forms. 

And how can you reach your A1 German level?

The best and fastest way to go about it – book yourself into a German language course! Not only is a teacher vital for a deeper and better understanding of grammar and language composition, you will also reach your goal a lot faster.

A regular language course usually takes place 2x per week for 1.5 hours each lesson (so 3 hours per week in total). If you decide to visit a regular course it will take you 4 months to reach the A1 level which is the current language requirement for a Swiss B-permit.

If you wish to reach the A1 level faster there are also intensive courses which will help you to speed up the language learning process. For example, with my new A1 digital German course that includes a private teacher you will be able to reach your A1 German level in your own pace and your own time. Which means you can complete your A1 German level as quickly as you want to. 

Our online course is also convenient, as it allows you to study from the comfort of your own home or office, without the need for commuting. Personalized learning is another benefit of our online courses, where your personal language teacher will tailor to your specific needs and goals. Additionally, our online course uses a variety of interactive tools and resources, providing a dynamic and engaging learning experience.

One of the most important aspects of learning German at the A1 level is practicing regularly. It is essential to dedicate a certain amount of time each day to practice speaking, writing, and reading in German. Additionally, immersing yourself in the language is a great way to improve your skills. This can be done by watching German TV shows and movies, listening to German music and podcasts, and reading German newspapers and books.

Will I have to do an exam to prove my A1 German level?

That depends! Some people, such as Non-EU members that come to Switzerland via the Family Reunification Visa will have to prove their A1 German proficiency to the Swiss authorities. However, you can also take the standardized exam for job purposes or for personal reasons. 

There are several standardized exams available, such as the Goethe- or Telc A1 which evaluate your knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

In conclusion, German A1 is the beginner level in learning the German language. It covers the basics of the language and includes topics such as introducing oneself, asking for personal information, describing everyday activities, and asking for directions. Learning German A1 requires a good understanding of the German alphabet, pronunciation, and grammar. It is essential to practice regularly and immerse oneself in the language to improve skills. Finally, taking a standardized exam might be necessary – either for the Swiss government or you employer – to assess your proficiency in the language.

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